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Guest Editorial: Flynn plea raises questions about former FBI director Comey
Was former national security adviser Michael Flynn pressured into a guilty plea for a crime he might not have committed?
Late last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. He faces up to six months behind bars when he appears before a judge for sentencing.
This whole affair is beyond strange when you consider that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn concluded that he was being truthful.
The reason we know this is that former FBI Director James Comey shared this information with two separate congressional committees, one being the Senate Judiciary Committee and the second being the House Intelligence Committee.
As Comey hops around the country peddling his new book, he appears now to be inflicted with a severe case of amnesia. In recent interviews, Comey doesn't seem to remember his earlier statements before congressional committees.
Since lying to Congress is itself a crime, there is speculation that Comey's close friend, special counsel Robert Mueller, might have granted him immunity.
There are two theories as to why Flynn might have pleaded guilty. One is that it can take a bundle of money, which Flynn might not have, to counter the unlimited financial resources of the government. Since the special counsel was also targeting Flynn's son, his plea could have been an effort to protect him.
Perhaps the larger question is why the special counsel would pressure Flynn to plead guilty in light of the interviewing agents' belief that Flynn was being truthful.
What we currently know about this matter puts Mueller's tactics in a very bad light. As an officer of the court, a prosecutor's obligation to justice ranks higher than simply putting another scalp on his belt.
Given Mueller's questionable tactics, this plea appears tainted. Given the widespread publicity that the sentencing judge should be aware of, this could be taken into account when Flynn appears before the court.
If justice is not served at this level, President Donald Trump should strongly consider a pardon for his former national security adviser at the appropriate time.
Bowling Green (Kentucky) Daily News, May 20